Position: Professor Cotton Breeder
Organization: Texas A&M AgriLIfe ResearchLubbock , 79403 , TX , United States
Primary Workgroup: Breeding and Applied Genomics
Developing new and differentiated germplasm with enabling technology and screening exotic germplasm collections for native traits to be used in breeding cotton. Breeding targets include improved fiber quality, drought tolerance, nematode tolerance, disease tolerance to Verticillium dahliae, Theilaviopsis basicola, and Xanthamonas (bacterial blight) and yield component improvement in high fiber quality lines. Incorporating native traits discovered through phenotypic screening into cultivars via classical breeding for organic production, and preserving genetic resources in a recombinant DNA environment.